As a parent of two young children, and with years of experience providing support to parents of youth with mental health challenges, I have come to appreciate just how difficult parenting can be.
My work with parents includes a 3-pronged approach:
1) Explore the context/holistic picture of the challenges to understand the factors contributing to the difficulties, the why, where and how things are stuck. This helps us all get on the same page about how to move forward and is based on the principle that problems are dynamic and multi-layered and require solutions that are also dynamic and multi-layered.
2) Understand what is getting activated in you as the parent/parents because of the difficulties and what healing of your own could be helpful in opening up healing for the family. This is based on the principle that parents are doing the best they can and that sometimes our own histories can highjack us out of alignment with our parenting values/approach. Sometimes as parents we are aware of this dynamic and sometimes it is outside of our conscious awareness.
3) Specific tools, strategies and work with your child/ren to shift patterns towards harmony, better functioning (both for your child/ren and for the family as a whole) and deeper connection.
I have supported parents in addressing many concerns including:
Difficult behaviours in your children
Supporting a child with mental health difficulties
Relationship ruptures and other relationship difficulties
Getting on the same page as your partner in your parenting approach (whether as a couple or as co-parents)
Addressing the blocks or challenges that get in the way of your desired parenting approach